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Undergraduate Certificates in Drama & Theater Arts

809 Yearly Graduations
$16,150 Median Salary
$13,000 Median Debt
An undergraduate certificate in theater is offered at 49 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 33% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 20.0% of theater graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theater Majors

In 2018-2019, 809 undergraduate certificates were awarded to theater majors. This earns it the #48 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in theater at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,791
Master’s Degree 1,783
Associate’s Degree 1,667
Undergraduate Certificate 809
Basic Certificate 575
Doctor’s Degree 88
Graduate Certificate 13

Earnings of Theater Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in theater is $16,150. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $14,700 and the high is $18,525.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in theater is $13,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $18,125 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $135.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in theater. About 63.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 292
Women 517
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Theater

The racial-ethnic distribution of theater undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 83
Hispanic or Latino 107
White 290
International Students 162
Other Races/Ethnicities 151
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theater Undergraduate Certificate Students

There are 49 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in theater. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

386 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Musical and Dramatic Academy tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for theater majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate. Roughly 1,700 attend the school each year. The theater program at American Musical and Dramatic Academy awarded 386 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#2

New York Film Academy

Burbank, California
181 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York Film Academy is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,434 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,058 per year.

The theater program at New York Film Academy awarded 181 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 2% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California
37 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Allan Hancock College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from Allan Hancock College. Of these students, 54% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

32 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The theater program at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater awarded 32 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

24 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 undergraduate certificates were handed out to theater majors at UC. About 46% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

Washington, District of Columbia
24 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Of these students, 50% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

24 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theater program at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York awarded 24 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

23 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in theater. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#9

Portland Actors Conservatory

Portland, Oregon
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland Actors Conservatory is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The theater program at Portland Actors Conservatory awarded 12 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

10 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from Dell'Arte International. Of these students, 80% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
8 Yearly Graduations
88% Women

Santa Rosa Junior College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Each year, around 19,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theater program at Santa Rosa Junior College awarded 8 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#12

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, Arizona
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Scottsdale Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from Scottsdale Community College. About 43% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

Fullerton College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in theater. Roughly 22,600 attend the school each year. The theater program at Fullerton College awarded 5 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#13

Citrus College

Glendora, California
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in theater. Roughly 13,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from Citrus College. Of these students, 20% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Grossmont College

El Cajon, California
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grossmont College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 16,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 undergraduate certificates were handed out to theater majors at Grossmont College. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#16

Visible Music College

Memphis, Tennessee
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Visible Music College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in theater. The theater program at Visible Music College awarded 4 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#16

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Yale University. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

The theater program at Yale University awarded 4 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#18

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Temple University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

The theater program at Temple University awarded 3 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Prince George's Community College. Each year, around 11,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theater program at Prince George's Community College awarded 3 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Solano Community College

Fairfield, California
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Solano Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in theater. Roughly 9,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their undergraduate certificate in theater from Solano College. About 50% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theater that offer undergraduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 6,189
Design & Applied Arts 2,329
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 766
Music 332
General Visual & Performing Arts 111

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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